Jeff Horn may be given the opportunity to confront his most vocal critic Stephen A. Smith at this year’s ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
Boxingscene.com reports that Bob Arum is in favor of the new WBO welterweight champion being formally introduced to the US boxing scene at the ESPYS on July 12. Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan places a conversation with Smith atop the list of activities should they make it to the festivities.
“It’s fair to say if it all works out that we do go up there, we’d have a chat to Stephen A. Smith. He’s one of America’s great commentators,” Horn’s promoter Dean Lonergan said. “Stephen A was pretty vocal with what he had to say but I’m sure maybe his promoter will be just as vocal as Stephen A back. “We’d have to talk to Jeff about that and see if he wanted to go. I’m sure he would. “Jeff Horn’s life’s changed now, he’s on a whole different planet when it comes to his fame and boxing future. “Things like the ESPYS, they’ve been talked about already. Bob said that would be a great idea. How cool is that?”
Horn defeated Manny Pacquiao last weekend in Brisbane by unanimous decision. ESPN announced via press release that “The Battle of Brisbane” was the highest-rated boxing telecast on ESPN’s networks since 1995. Danell Nicholson vs. Darren Hayden on ESPN, on December 21, 1995 earned a 1.7 household rating.